Alexandr Hriptun ‘08: “Football is family”

Alexandr Hriptun '08 Tiraspol, Moldova / Burleson, Texas Education: BA in English and German Philology from Moldova State University; MA in European Studies from Aarhus University...

Follow Your Heart: From Qarshi to Harvard Medical School

Jamshid Jambulov’s journey from growing up in southern Uzbekistan to being accepted into a paid Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School began with applying...

Vardan Partamyan ‘99: ‘Every life is full of adventures’

Bath, Maine / Yerevan, Armenia Education: BA in International Relations and MA in English and Political Science from Yerevan State University ‘When I look back...

Mikheil Benidze ’06: ‘I want to see real democracy in Georgia’

Mikheil Benidze '06 Tbilisi, Georgia / Adrian, MI Education: BA in Business Administration from the Tbilisi State University, MBA in Business Administration from Porto Business School,...

Ayaulym Tursynkhnova ’17: Change Starts Locally

Ayaulym Tursynkhanova’17 (Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan /Beresford, SD) is both a FLEX and ACCESS Program alumna. She is a former City Representative (CR) of Ust-Kamenogorsk, and,...

Big Business Executive Zarina Chekirbaeva ’98

Zarina Chekirbaeva ’98 (Naryn, Kyrgyzstan / Glen Ellyn, IL) Education: BA in Business Administration from the American University of Central Asia, MA in Public Administration...

Conflict Transformation Activist Lilit Gizhlaryan ’09

Lilit Gizhlaryan ‘09 Verin Karmiraghbyur, Armenia / Rosly, South Dakota Education: MA in Spanish Language and Literature from Yerevan State University. ‘I decided to continue listening’ What is...

Abdulvahhobi Muminjoniyon ‘09: Athlete and Activist

If you ask Abdulvahhobi Muminjoniyon ’09 (Duashanbe, Tajikistan/ Houston, TX), the FLEX program changed his life. However, since his return to Dushanbe in 2009,...

An Interview with Poet, Scholar and Translator Iryna Shuvalova ’02 from Ukraine

Can folk and modern poetry help to overcome post-conflict trauma? Iryna Shuvalova '02 Kyiv, Ukraine / Athens, TN Education (university, degrees, major, area of specialization): Cambridge University,...

Interview with Notable Alumnus Hikmat Aliyev ’94

Hikmat Aliyev ’94 (Baku, Azerbaijan/La Harpe, IL) is an alumnus of the first cohort of the FLEX program.  After his exchange year, Hikmat returned...